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    Polar Bear got a reaction from Family_cook in Thermocouple based temp controllers for speed, accuracy and higher cook temps   
    I doubt it
     
    A temp controller is designed to monitor and run Low and Slow cooks. Probes that will measure High and Fast arent really somthing anyone needs or is asking for.
     
    Designing a controller that will measure temps in milliseconds at temps over 500f would mean refining the fan communications to respond as quickly as the probes do in order to take advantage of the speed of measurement 
    This also becomes a bit of a "but why, though?" question when you consider charcoal BBQs do not respond to temp changes fast enough to warrent an ultra fast control system
     
    The fan assembly would also need a redesign as most components would not be able to take the ambient heat from the grill at high temps.
     
    The desire for increased accuracy when it comes to BBQ measuring devices is a strange one. Most good quality leave in temp probes have a rated accuracy of around +/- 3F on cooks over 300f (so around 1%). Getting that accuracy down to 0.5% is not really that much of an advantage in this case. Cheaper probes will be worse, but if youre talking thermocouple based BBQ probes, cheap isnt part of this conversation.
     
    Lastly, why would you want a temp controller for cooks over 500F?
    Once you're in and around that range, accurate temp measurement and control isnt really an issue as most of what you're cooking isnt going to be in the grill for long enough for an extra 30F-50F to matter much
    Theres also the issue that any fire big enough to put out temps over 500f will require more air than a normal sized control fan would be able to produce, so it would need to be bigger/faster (but then it would be hard for it to keep temps low for low and slow cook due to it putting out too much air)
     
    TL:DR
    Probably not. Any advantages of a Thermocouple based Control system would be offset by the high cost, high complexity and general redundant nature of the advantages found with Thermocouple based temp probes 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from philpom in Is there a connection between preparedness and the Kamado?   
    Australians seem to have moved on from hoarding Toilet Paper and Hand Towls to Mince Meat (ground beef) now 
    Every butcher and supermarket in the country is selling it as fast as they can make it.
    I'll wager you'd be hard pressed to find a brisket in this country after this all wraps up as they've all probably gone through a mincer by now 
    My local chain supermarkets have been cleaned out of: Toilet Paper, any kind of meat, Hand Towl, Potatos, Onions, Pasta, Rice, Flour, Canned Goods, Tomatos, Carrots and Bread
    Aside from that, its not too bad 
    I figure everyone who bought 1000kg of pasta are now chasing down what they need to make 2000kg of Spag Bol 
    My freezer is full and i've got ton of brisket trim i can mince up, should l feel a hankering for burgers or meat loaf
     
    To answer you original question, I think BBQ Guys are hoarders by nature as we try to take advantage of sales and stockpile in order to make this hobby as affordable as possible, so its not crazy to think most of us have a couple butts and a few bags of lump stashed away (at a minimum)
    I'm just glad the bottle shops (liqour stores) seem to have been spared the chaos of late
    When i went shopping yesterday, beer was the only thing i needed that seemed to be in good supply
    Still only bought 1 case though  
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    I think when we look back on this whole thing it will be seen as more of an economic crisis than a health crisis 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from daninpd in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    I think when we look back on this whole thing it will be seen as more of an economic crisis than a health crisis 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from philpom in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    The only thing i've considered "Panic Buying" is booze 
    The whole country can run out of toilet paper and i wouldnt care much
    I'll wash my butt with a garden hose provided i can have a cold beer afterwards...
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from SmoovD in Weber, "SmokeFire" 36" pellet grill   
    Jump on YouTube and check out some of the reviews, you may rethink the purchase 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    Thats only 4 a day
    You may want to ration them...
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from ckreef in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    Thats only 4 a day
    You may want to ration them...
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from ckreef in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    From my limited point of view, i think the difference between what happened with SARS/Bird Flu/Swine Flu/Zikka was its was kind of hard to contract, but if you did catch it, you were in a lot of trouble 
    With COVID, it seems pretty easy to contract but you're also likely to be ok if you're reasonably healthy
    The problem is, people seem to think COVID is both easy to contract and highly leathal, so theyre all freaking out 
     
    Be alert, not alarmed 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from ckreef in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    The only thing i've considered "Panic Buying" is booze 
    The whole country can run out of toilet paper and i wouldnt care much
    I'll wash my butt with a garden hose provided i can have a cold beer afterwards...
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from daninpd in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    Thats only 4 a day
    You may want to ration them...
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from daninpd in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    From my limited point of view, i think the difference between what happened with SARS/Bird Flu/Swine Flu/Zikka was its was kind of hard to contract, but if you did catch it, you were in a lot of trouble 
    With COVID, it seems pretty easy to contract but you're also likely to be ok if you're reasonably healthy
    The problem is, people seem to think COVID is both easy to contract and highly leathal, so theyre all freaking out 
     
    Be alert, not alarmed 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from Rob_grill_apprentice in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    From my limited point of view, i think the difference between what happened with SARS/Bird Flu/Swine Flu/Zikka was its was kind of hard to contract, but if you did catch it, you were in a lot of trouble 
    With COVID, it seems pretty easy to contract but you're also likely to be ok if you're reasonably healthy
    The problem is, people seem to think COVID is both easy to contract and highly leathal, so theyre all freaking out 
     
    Be alert, not alarmed 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    From my limited point of view, i think the difference between what happened with SARS/Bird Flu/Swine Flu/Zikka was its was kind of hard to contract, but if you did catch it, you were in a lot of trouble 
    With COVID, it seems pretty easy to contract but you're also likely to be ok if you're reasonably healthy
    The problem is, people seem to think COVID is both easy to contract and highly leathal, so theyre all freaking out 
     
    Be alert, not alarmed 
  15. Like
    Polar Bear got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    The only thing i've considered "Panic Buying" is booze 
    The whole country can run out of toilet paper and i wouldnt care much
    I'll wash my butt with a garden hose provided i can have a cold beer afterwards...
  16. Haha
    Polar Bear got a reaction from daninpd in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    The only thing i've considered "Panic Buying" is booze 
    The whole country can run out of toilet paper and i wouldnt care much
    I'll wash my butt with a garden hose provided i can have a cold beer afterwards...
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    Polar Bear reacted to daninpd in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    Ah a whiff of sanity at last.  And, of course, it comes from Oz.  Thanks guys (or I should say mates).
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from daninpd in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    I've been watching this whole TP run unfold for a week or so now 
     
    The inital panic came from a news story that claimed people in Singapore and Hong Kong were getting into fights over an actual Toilet Paper shortage due to COVID
    The issue there is most of the dry good in Singapore and Hong Kong come from Mainland China and when COVID kicked off, China closed its boarders, meaning Sing and HK were no longer getting supplies.
    The country was actually short on everything, but a headline saying people are getting into fights over Toilet Paper is way more likely to generate clicks.
     
    The TP panic has now morphed in general hoarding. 
    Australia imports very little of its own fresh produce, so we dont have to worry about food (or even Toilet Paper, we make it here too) but my local supermarket was boned out of Bread, meat, milk (fresh and UHT) Pasta, Rice, TP, Hand Sanitizer, Cabbage (dont ask why) and baby formula.
     
    One of my local chemical suppliers has actually stoped taking orders for Isopropal Alcohol from anyone who does not already have a history of purchasing the product because once people found the hand sanitizer was sold out, they all decided to make it at home.
     
    I get that people are concerned they may end up having to self isolate with little to no warning and want to stock up, but 90% of suburban people would have more than enough food in thier house to last them 2 weeks, should they need
     
    Supermarkets here are now opening thier doors from 8am-9am only to seniors and the disabled in an effort to give them a chance to get what they need before the histera kicks off everyday and the same stores are closing 2 hours early in an effort to have more time to restock thier shelves
    This fact is an important one, most supermarkets here can reload the shelves overnight and start the day full again, but they cant do it during the day as people start grabbing for everything and abusing staff
    A guy here got tased by the police for going off at supermarket staff when they said he couldnt buy 100 bottles of hand sanitizer 
     
    Aside from the crap people are buying 50 of (when they only need 5) theres no danger of shortage here  
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from CentralTexBBQ in Crazy Run on Toilet Paper   
    I've been watching this whole TP run unfold for a week or so now 
     
    The inital panic came from a news story that claimed people in Singapore and Hong Kong were getting into fights over an actual Toilet Paper shortage due to COVID
    The issue there is most of the dry good in Singapore and Hong Kong come from Mainland China and when COVID kicked off, China closed its boarders, meaning Sing and HK were no longer getting supplies.
    The country was actually short on everything, but a headline saying people are getting into fights over Toilet Paper is way more likely to generate clicks.
     
    The TP panic has now morphed in general hoarding. 
    Australia imports very little of its own fresh produce, so we dont have to worry about food (or even Toilet Paper, we make it here too) but my local supermarket was boned out of Bread, meat, milk (fresh and UHT) Pasta, Rice, TP, Hand Sanitizer, Cabbage (dont ask why) and baby formula.
     
    One of my local chemical suppliers has actually stoped taking orders for Isopropal Alcohol from anyone who does not already have a history of purchasing the product because once people found the hand sanitizer was sold out, they all decided to make it at home.
     
    I get that people are concerned they may end up having to self isolate with little to no warning and want to stock up, but 90% of suburban people would have more than enough food in thier house to last them 2 weeks, should they need
     
    Supermarkets here are now opening thier doors from 8am-9am only to seniors and the disabled in an effort to give them a chance to get what they need before the histera kicks off everyday and the same stores are closing 2 hours early in an effort to have more time to restock thier shelves
    This fact is an important one, most supermarkets here can reload the shelves overnight and start the day full again, but they cant do it during the day as people start grabbing for everything and abusing staff
    A guy here got tased by the police for going off at supermarket staff when they said he couldnt buy 100 bottles of hand sanitizer 
     
    Aside from the crap people are buying 50 of (when they only need 5) theres no danger of shortage here  
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from lnarngr in Thermocouple based temp controllers for speed, accuracy and higher cook temps   
    I doubt it
     
    A temp controller is designed to monitor and run Low and Slow cooks. Probes that will measure High and Fast arent really somthing anyone needs or is asking for.
     
    Designing a controller that will measure temps in milliseconds at temps over 500f would mean refining the fan communications to respond as quickly as the probes do in order to take advantage of the speed of measurement 
    This also becomes a bit of a "but why, though?" question when you consider charcoal BBQs do not respond to temp changes fast enough to warrent an ultra fast control system
     
    The fan assembly would also need a redesign as most components would not be able to take the ambient heat from the grill at high temps.
     
    The desire for increased accuracy when it comes to BBQ measuring devices is a strange one. Most good quality leave in temp probes have a rated accuracy of around +/- 3F on cooks over 300f (so around 1%). Getting that accuracy down to 0.5% is not really that much of an advantage in this case. Cheaper probes will be worse, but if youre talking thermocouple based BBQ probes, cheap isnt part of this conversation.
     
    Lastly, why would you want a temp controller for cooks over 500F?
    Once you're in and around that range, accurate temp measurement and control isnt really an issue as most of what you're cooking isnt going to be in the grill for long enough for an extra 30F-50F to matter much
    Theres also the issue that any fire big enough to put out temps over 500f will require more air than a normal sized control fan would be able to produce, so it would need to be bigger/faster (but then it would be hard for it to keep temps low for low and slow cook due to it putting out too much air)
     
    TL:DR
    Probably not. Any advantages of a Thermocouple based Control system would be offset by the high cost, high complexity and general redundant nature of the advantages found with Thermocouple based temp probes 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from BURGER MEISTER in Help plz!   
    About 13 pounds
     
    Just wait til we start talking temp in Celcius :-)
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from Golf Griller in iKamand v2   
    I'd say no 
    While a controller adds a few benefits, they also introduce some risks should you use them as a "set and forget" device 
    Ambient Condition changes are far easier to predict than a power or wifi outage 
    The more cooks i do, then less i rely on gadgets.
    The time/effort they seem to save me is often lost when you think about the time you spend setting them all up, keeping them charged, cleaning them, storing them... ect
     
    I have quite a few grill gadgets that havnt been used in years. When i first got my Kamado, i bought EVERYTHING. Controllers, Multi Probe Thermos, Bluetooth Thermos, Wifi Thermos, pretty much every type of charcoal staring solution you can think of, even fancy tongs and grate lifters.
    As i got a few cooks under my belt, i found all i needed in my tool kit was a decent instant read thermo, a sharp knife, a pair of tongs and a roll of tin foil. Everything else is just stuff that takes up cupboard/bench space 
    I think, for the most part, these things introduce additional data that isnt really needed and only serves to complicate a cook (how many times have you seen people freaking out over the difference in Grate Probe temp vs Dome Temp?)
     
    Each to thier own, of course, but aside from a bit of cutlery and some starter cubes, you get pretty much everything you need in the box with your KJ when you buy it 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from Spaggy in Fire starter   
    Depends on how much of a rush you are in vs how much spare money you have 
    Cheapest (but also slowest) is cotten balls and alcohol 
    Fastest (that i've found) but also most expensive is a starter wand (gas or hot air)
    An option that is somewhere in the middle is a Heat Gun from your local hardware store 
    Theyre not as fast as a proper starter wand but can be had for around $15 and do the job well 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from mike echo in iKamand v2   
    I'd say no 
    While a controller adds a few benefits, they also introduce some risks should you use them as a "set and forget" device 
    Ambient Condition changes are far easier to predict than a power or wifi outage 
    The more cooks i do, then less i rely on gadgets.
    The time/effort they seem to save me is often lost when you think about the time you spend setting them all up, keeping them charged, cleaning them, storing them... ect
     
    I have quite a few grill gadgets that havnt been used in years. When i first got my Kamado, i bought EVERYTHING. Controllers, Multi Probe Thermos, Bluetooth Thermos, Wifi Thermos, pretty much every type of charcoal staring solution you can think of, even fancy tongs and grate lifters.
    As i got a few cooks under my belt, i found all i needed in my tool kit was a decent instant read thermo, a sharp knife, a pair of tongs and a roll of tin foil. Everything else is just stuff that takes up cupboard/bench space 
    I think, for the most part, these things introduce additional data that isnt really needed and only serves to complicate a cook (how many times have you seen people freaking out over the difference in Grate Probe temp vs Dome Temp?)
     
    Each to thier own, of course, but aside from a bit of cutlery and some starter cubes, you get pretty much everything you need in the box with your KJ when you buy it 
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    Polar Bear got a reaction from KismetKamado in Bigger vs SloRoller Purchase??   
    Go Big 
    While the Classic will probably suit your needs, there isnt enough extra functionality in the SloRoller that would justify the price difference between the Series 2 and Series 3 grills 
    Honestly, if budget is a concern, you could probably get by with a Series 2 Classic rather than the Big Joe, but as other have said, you seldom wish you had less grill space 
    That just my oppinion though
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